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In Sonnet 90, Petrarch expresses two main ideas about love: one is that his love for Laura does not fade over time and as she ages; the second is that his love for her is painful because it is not...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2016, 5:33 pm (UTC)

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In this sonnet, Petrach explores the paradox of love: it both lightens his spirit and yet wearies him. He calls these dual emotions "double lights." Love burns as well as delights him, and he feels...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2019, 1:37 pm (UTC)

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There is not enough space here to discuss all of the images, symbols, and metaphors in Petrarch's sonnets. He devised his own style of sonnet. The Petrarchan sonnet follows a set rhyme scheme of...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2008, 6:42 am (UTC)

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In Sonnet 131, Petrarch writes of his ambition to express his love in such a new way as to claim the attention of both his mistress and posterity. There is some irony in this, since the tropes he...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2020, 6:06 am (UTC)

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The best answer choice is C: "While failing to describe his lover's beauty, he still manages to flatter her." Petrarch's "Sonnet 18" is about Laura's beauty and the way it evades proper...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2018, 2:29 am (UTC)

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In this poem, Petrarch is directly addressing his personified "grieving rimes," instructing them to travel to the "hard stone" beneath which his beloved Laura lies. Laura, we may therefore infer,...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2018, 10:43 am (UTC)

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The speaker conveys a couple of intentions in this poem. First, he wishes to turn the "cold mind" of an unnamed woman into thoughts of more passionate feelings. He believes that through his art, he...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2019, 4:07 am (UTC)

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In Petrarch's Sonnet 90, the theme, as usual, is unrequited love, which he inserts in the parentheses: (Seldom they shine so now.) The sestet presents not as a solution but a meditation. The...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2010, 4:20 am (UTC)

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A Petrarchan sonnet, which is the original form of sonnet as penned by Petrarch, is written in a two-stanza form with an octave followed by a sestet, as in Petrarch's "Sonnet II." As a point of...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2010, 5:18 am (UTC)

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In this sonnet, the speaker mourns the death of his beloved Laura, whom he variously describes as "my dear" and "my Laura." It is clear this was no idle fancy between them—the speaker is so moved...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2019, 6:27 am (UTC)

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The speaker's tone is one of quiet disillusion and sadness. He once was in love. The beloved's eyes once seemed more radiant "than the west," but they no longer do so. The fire of love once burned...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2018, 1:00 am (UTC)

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Sonnet 90 has the rhyme scheme we identify as typical of the Petrarchan sonnet: ABBAABBA CDEDCE. Often commentators will regard the first eight lines, the octet, as expressing the basic premise of...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2018, 3:57 am (UTC)

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Sonnet 90 "Erano i capei d’oro a l’aura sparsi" ("She let her gold hair scatter in the breeze") is a poem from Petrarch's collection Il Canzoniere (English: Song Book) sometimes referred to as the...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2016, 8:45 am (UTC)

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Imagery is a broad term used to encompass all the images of imagination that a work of literature conjures up. These mental images may be evoked by literal descriptions of characters, settings or...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2010, 6:05 am (UTC)

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The lines you are quotes are taken from the first poem in Il Canzoniere by the Italian poet Francesco Petrarch. This book, titled Rime Sparse (Scattered Rhymes) or Il Canzoniere (Song Book), was...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2012, 9:58 pm (UTC)

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[The scope of your question was too broad for the limitations of eNotes format so required cutting down.] She ruled in beauty o'er this heart of mine,A noble lady in a humble home,And now her time...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2013, 10:59 pm (UTC)

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In this poem, the speaker describes how he has been struck by Love's arrow on a day when "the sun's ray was darkened"—presumably, during a solar eclipse. The speaker personifies Love almost as a...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2019, 11:17 am (UTC)

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The speaker in Sonnet 131 is lamenting the fact that his love is not returned, but simultaneously saying that he's triumphing over the situation. The basic message is that one can see or interpret...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2020, 5:51 am (UTC)

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The Petrarchan Mode in literature refers to the particular structure of Petrarchan Sonnets. Sonnets are 14 line poems with a very rigorous structure, and there are two main types of Sonnets:...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2009, 1:18 am (UTC)

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The sonnet by Petrarch, called ‘Voi ch’ascoltate in rime sparse il suono’ in Italian and sometimes translated as “You who hear the sound, in scattered rhymes,” is a classic Petrarchan sonnet, in...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2012, 8:45 am (UTC)

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The sonnet (from the Italian sonetto, meaning "little song") is a fourteen-line lyric poem, invented in the Renaissance, and perfected by the 14th century humanist Francesco Petrarch. A remarkably...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2013, 9:28 pm (UTC)

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These sonnets are extremely formulaic and driven by the rigid rhyme scheme which falls in line with the Renaissance fascination with structure. The sonnet also is entrenched in the Renaissance\'s...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2007, 5:54 am (UTC)

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Both of thees two beautiful sonnets deal with unrequired love; I would suggest using that as the basis for your comparison. Both speakers also deal with their sorrow over unrequired love by taking...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2011, 4:07 am (UTC)

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Many English poets of the sixteenth century might fairly be described as "Petrarchan poets," because they imitated the themes, forms, and style associated with the fourteenth-century Italian poet...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2012, 9:42 am (UTC)

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One of the most significant happenings of the Medieval period that paved the way for the Renaissance was, ironically, the Bubonic Plague, also known as the Black Death. The plague started in Asia...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2019, 1:44 am (UTC)

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Rojas' La Celestina is about a "procuress" that one major character, Calisto, goes to when Melibea rejects his declaration of love—a natural step in courtly love. Celestina decides to fleece...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2012, 8:35 am (UTC)

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A pastoral poem is one that has the countryside and shepherding as a subject. It portrays their life style and experience as idyllic. It may also be "pastoral" in the sense of a clergyman leading...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2010, 11:02 am (UTC)

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The Petrarchan sonnet rhyme scheme is a very specific one, as specific as Petrarch's fourteen line structured sonnets comprising an octave, which is eight lines, followed by a sestet, which is six...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2010, 6:58 am (UTC)

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The word "anthropocentrism" refers to placing man at the center of one's worldview, and "theocentrism" refers to a God-centered worldview. Since Petrarch is the subject of this question, it likely...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2019, 3:23 am (UTC)

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Two styles of sonnets are common in the English poetry, the Petrarchan (also called Italian) sonnet and the Shakespearian (or English) sonnet. The Petrarchan sonnet, names after the Italian poet...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2012, 10:05 pm (UTC)

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As one of the pioneers in a literary and intellectual movement known as humanism, Petrarch helped to inaugurate a new curriculum of learning in western culture that emphasized the Greek and Roman...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2012, 1:20 am (UTC)

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Italian poetry and humanist philosophy significant as ushering in what is termed the "Renaissance" or "rebirth". The Renaissance marked a widespread transformation in European culture.First, in the...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2012, 1:24 am (UTC)

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